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Bosnia: President And Generals Delay Meeting


Banja Luka, Bosnia; 25 August 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The office of Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic says that Bosnian Serb army commanders have postponed until tomorrow a meeting she had scheduled with them for today.

Plavsic is trying to consolidate her support as she confronts hardline supporters of former president and accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic.

The official statement didn't offer any explanation for the delay. On Saturday, army chief Pero Covic warned the president against escalating the power struggle between her and the Pale leadership under Karadzic. But army elements since have issued contradictory political statements, suggesting a split in army ranks.

Plavsic had called for the meeting after a weekend of deepening divisions within the Bosnian Serb-run half of Bosnia. Hardliners based in the east of the country have severed links with Plasvic.

Plavsic supporters occupied a television station in the Kozara Mountains northwest of Banja Luka, breaking a Karadzic monopoly over TV news in Bosnian Serb territory. Bosnian radio said that new Interior Minister Marko Pavic ordered the action. Karadzic supporters called the move treason.
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